Round-up: Track 1.5 Japan-Germany Security Dialogue

5. Dezember 2022

The Japanese-German cooperation was discussed in light of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine and its effects, which were the main topic at the German-Japanese Security Dialogue Track 1.5 in Tokyo on November 14, 2022. While a Public Symposium featured Dr. Claudia Major (German Institute for International and Security Affairs - SWP), Ambassador Kimitake Nakamura (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan), Dr. Alexandra Sakaki (SWP) and Prof. Dr. Michito Tsuruoka (Keio University) for a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Dr. Ken Endo (Universität Tokio) at Shufu Kaikan, a closed workshop with about 30 invited guests took place earlier that day at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA).

Speakers pointed out that there is a visible trend of intensified cooperation and growing realization of interconnectedness between Japan and Germany while a sense of urgency is being shared by both countries, and it was asked how current initial dynamism and demonstrated unity can be translated into long-term sustainable relations. An underlying question was how to make sure resilience to protect liberal democratic values when a future order will be driven by conflict. 

The event was organized by JDZB in cooperation with JIIA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Auswärtiges Amt (Federal Foreign Office) Germany, and KAS Japan. 

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